State Approval Regulations for Distance Education (Program Integrity)
 
Friday, October 31, 2014

StateSorted By State In Ascending OrderCollegeActionDate of ActionCommentDocumentation
AlabamaAugusta Technical CollegePending6/28/2011Waiting on response from Secretary of StateAugusta/LegalQuestionToSoS.pdf
AlaskaAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/19/2011Out-of-state institutions with no physical presence in Alaska are required to apply for exemption from authorization to operate a postsecondary institution in Alaska. It will be necessary for the 25 public technical colleges in Georgia to individually apply for exemption from authorization and submit the $100 application fee.The authorization for exemption is valid for two years. Currently, there is no renewal fee. Exemption is based on accreditation by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.States/All_Alaska_Technical College System of Georgia.pdf
ArizonaAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/18/2011The Arizona State Board would not require licensure of distance education programs as long as there will be no physical presence in Arizona, as defined by A.R.S. § 32-3001(5). The Board defines physical presence as the use of any Arizona address, Arizona phone numbers, contact information of anyone listing an Arizona address or program offerings in Arizona. The Board does not license, regulate or have any jurisdiction over public institutions. Persons who are not operating private postsecondary programs under the Board’s jurisdiction are not required by law to obtain a statement of exemption or waiver from the Board. Similarly, the Board is not required to issue statements of exemption or waiver.Augusta/ResponseFromArizonaStateBoard.pdf
ArkansasAugusta Technical CollegePending10/25/2011The process for obtaining course or program of instruction approval and licensure to operate in the State of Arkansas as a non‐resident institution of higher education is a process that deals with two different Arkansas agencies. Any non-public or out-of-state postsecondary education institution offering course/degree programs customarily offered at college and universities must obtain certification from the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) before offering distance delivery college-level courses/degree programs to Arkansas students. As for hiring of adjunct faculty living in Arkansas, the state does not have jurisdiction of public institutions. Further, even if the instructor lived in Arizona, but all contact information was listed for Georgia, license would still not be requiredAugusta/Emails and Responses to Arkansas.pdf
CaliforniaAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/17/2011Public institutions do not need to seek approval to offer distance education programs in CaliforniaAugusta/ResponseFromCalifornia.pdf
ColoradoAugusta Technical CollegeApproved9/20/2011Augusta Technical College as a public technical college meets an exemption under the DPOS. Therefore, under current regulations by either division, the 25 technical colleges in Georgia do not meet criteria for authorization in Colorado. States/Response3FromColorado.pdf
ConnecticutAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/18/2011Our college do not have a physical presence in the state of Connecticut and for institution that do not have a physical presence in the state of Connecticut, the regulations do not apply.Augusta/ConnecticutCorrespondence.pdf
DelawareAugusta Technical CollegeApproved9/20/2011No Physical presence in Delaware so approval is not required. ** Notify if Delaware student receiving financial aid.States/DelawareResponse.pdf
Dist. ColumbiaAugusta Technical CollegeNot Applied5/23/2011  
FloridaAugusta Technical CollegePending10/25/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011.Augusta/FloridaPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
HawaiiAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/18/2011Augusta Technical College is accredited by SACS/COC which is recognized by the United States Department of Educationhttp://hawaii.gov/dcca/ocp/udgi/regulation
IdahoAugusta Technical CollegeApproved9/20/2011Effective June 13, 2011, Idaho changed its policy and now requires only those degree granting institutions with actual teaching or business operations inside the state to register.Augusta/TCSG Response of No Physical Presence Idaho.pdf
IllinoisAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized11/1/2011Illinois Board of Higher Education approval of distance education programs may not be necessary for those institutions with no physical presence in Illinois. Institutions that may meet the exemption requirements under Illinois statute should submit a request through the online submission process and staff will provide a response. Know that proctors, clinicals, internships, externships, etc., may trigger a physical presence. Would need to submit an Illinois Distance Education Programs - Online Request Form http://www.ibhe.org/Academic%20Affairs/distanceEd/default.htm
IndianaAugusta Technical CollegePending10/20/2011Per Mr. Ross Miller, Director of Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance from the Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education the 25 technical colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia are exempt for having to apply for authorization to teach distance education students to Indiana residents due to TCSG and the 25 technical colleges being a state - public system which is supported by taxation from local and state funds. Waiting on response from the Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education exempting 25 technical colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia. Augusta/IndianaCorrospondance1.pdf
IowaAugusta Technical CollegePending10/17/2011TCSG has emailed Iowa a written notice stating none of the 25 technical colleges in Georgia meet any of the conditions (physical presence) in Iowa. TCSG is waiting on a response - a written statement on behalf of all of the schools that essentially states none are required to register with the state of Iowa at this time. Augusta/IowaCommunications1.pdf
KansasAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/27/2011The schools of the Technical College System of Georgia do not need to apply with the Kansas Board of Regents for a Certificate of Approval. Should any of these schools significantly increase its Kansas enrollments, decide to direct market to Kansas residents (including email campaigns to Kansas teachers), or hire faculty that reside and teach within Kansas, we ask that you contact our office to begin the process of applying for a Certificate of Approval. Please note, Kansas statutes also requires these institutions be approved to operate should their programs require an externship, internship, mentorship or clinical be completed in the state of Kansas.Augusta/KansasCommunications.pdf
KentuckyAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011Augusta/SREBPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
LouisianaAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011Augusta/SREBPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
MaineAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/18/2011On-line instructional service providers, with no physical presence within the boundaries of the State of Maine, are not required to secure Maine licensure to operate as a proprietary school or State Board of Education authorization to operate in Maine as an approved degree-granting institution. If Augusta Tech plans to apply to teach Distance Education courses, the following survey must be completed first. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ospnf Augusta/Maine Response to TCSG Email.pdf
MarylandAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011Augusta/SREBPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
MassachusettsAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/18/2011Augusta Technical College is not Authorized/Licensed by the state of Massachusetts to provide educational services. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education coordinates the review and approval for all out-of-state institutions of higher education. Physical presences is not a determining factor of licensure/approval. The cost for initial licensure for out-of-state institutions is $10,000 plus $2,000 for each degree requested. The annual fee each year for the first five years following initial licensure is $4,000.http://www.mass.edu/forinstitutions/academic/programapprovalindep.asp
MichiganAugusta Technical CollegeApproved6/1/2011Distance Education: Approval or licensure by the State of Michigan is not required to provide online instruction to Michigan residents unless the school has a physical presence in the state. Physical presence does not include conducting courses such as internships, clinicals, practicum’s, etc. An institution having faculty working from the state requires approval if the institution wishes to incorporate or file a certificate of authority to operate. Public Institutions: Public Universities, Community Colleges and Technical Colleges are not required to seek approval or licensure to operate, advertise,recruit or employ faculty within the state.States/Michigan.pdf
MinnesotaAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized9/20/2011Augusta Techical College is not Authorized/Licensed by the state of Minnesota to provide educational services. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education coordinates the review and approval for all out-of-state institutions of higher education. Physical presences is not a determining factor of licensure/approval. The cost for initial licensure for out-of-state institutions is $10,000 plus $2,000 for each degree requested. The annual fee each year for the first five years following initial licensure is $4,000. 
MississippiAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011Augusta/SREBPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
MissouriAugusta Technical CollegePending10/18/2011 Waiting on response from Missouri Department of Higher Education 
MontanaAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/26/2011Received letter of State Authorization. Colleges accredited by COC which is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation may teach residents of Montana online courses. Augusta/Montana-Authorization Ltr.pdf
NebraskaAugusta Technical CollegeApproved11/1/2011In Nebraska approval is not needed to offer courses or programs that are entirely online with no physical presence in the state. Authorization is dependent on physical presence. Augusta/NebraskaOnlineNotice.pdf
NevadaAugusta Technical CollegeApproved11/10/2011TCSG submitted Form 100 - Online Education Certification as to each college completing and submitting individually.Augusta/NevadaCommunication_4.pdf
New HampshireAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/18/2011Augusta Technical College does not have a physical presence in the state of Hew Hampshire. Under New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules, Chapter Pos 1001.01, the Commission has construed its jurisdiction not to extend to "An out-of-state institution with no physical presence in the state of New Hampshire" that is accredited by a regional or national agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education. Augusta Technical College is accredited by SACS which is recognized by the U.S. Department of EducationAugusta/NewHampshireEMailResponse.pdf
New JerseyAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011TCSG has emailed the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education for verification that the 25 technical colleges with the Technical College System of Georgia do not require licensure due to no physical presence.Augusta/NewJerseyCommunications_1.pdf
New MexicoAugusta Technical CollegePending10/19/2011The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is currently reviewing its state approval process to ensure it reflects appropriate oversight and desired outcomes. Public out-of-state institutions are given a waiver from meeting the New Mexico statutory requirements until June 30, 2012 as NMHED expects to have the approval process available and posted to their website by early April 2012.Augusta/NewMexicoCommunications.pdf
New YorkAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/25/2011Augusta Technical College does not have a physical presence in the state of New York and does not need to apply for approval from the New York State Education Department.Augusta/NewYorkCommunications.pdf
North CarolinaAugusta Technical CollegePending9/20/2011Waiting on responses from The Board of Governors [The University of North Carolina] and North Carolina Community College System/Office of Proprietary School Services. At this time, must not use an employee in North Carolina.Augusta/Email 1-3 to North Carolina.pdf
North DakotaAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/25/2011North Dakota exempts publicly funded/operated institutions from oversight. Since TCSG has not received a response answering if TCSG may submit one exemption request for all 25 colleges with the TCSG system, each technical college will need to complete and submit the exemption request.Augusta/NorthDakotaCommunications_1.pdf
OhioAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized11/1/2011Out-of-state institutions offering distance education programs to Ohio residents must seek authorization from the Chancellor if: The institution maintains a “brick and mortar” presence in Ohio; The online program contains a component (e.g., student teaching, clinical placement, practicum) that will be completed in Ohio; or The institution solicits Ohio residents for its programs (for-profit institutions only). If licensure is required, fees are expensive. An associate Out-of-State Institution = $3,000.00 plus review fess varying from $1,000 to $4,000Augusta/OhioCommunications_1.pdf
OklahomaAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011Augusta/SREBPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
OregonAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/27/2011We are sorry to inform you that Augusta Technical College is not Authorized/Licensed by the state of Oregon to provide educational services. 583-030-0005 (2)States: "This rule applies to any school offering degrees and credits from within Oregon to recipients anywhere, and it applies to any person assisting such a school. The rule further applies to any school offering degrees and credits from outside of Oregon, in connection with learning or evaluation meant to occur within this state, if there is any person assisting the school from within this state in any way. Assisting the school includes, but is not limited to: (a) Maintaining an office or mailing address in the state or (b) Conducting any part of the instruction program or support activities from or in the state." Scan in and upload Initial Application Request Form and Qualifications sheet.Augusta/OregonCommunications.pdf
PennsylvaniaAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/25/2011Augusta Technical College is not Authorized/Licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to provide educational services. Individual colleges desiring to teach Pennsylvania residents must begin by completing and submitting the Information Form for Out-of-State EntitiesAugusta/PACorrespondence.pdf
Rhode IslandAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/25/2011It shall be the policy of the Board of Governors for Higher Education that, so long as a provider of distance learning has no physical presence in Rhode Island, it will not be subject to Board of Governors regulations. [Please see page A-3.2 of the policy for a definition of physical presence.]Augusta/Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Policy on Distance Learning.pdf
South CarolinaAugusta Technical CollegeLicensed7/12/2011Augusta Technical College does not conduct activities defined as operating or soliciting in South Carolina. The SC Commission on Higher Education is the administering agency of the Nonpublic Postsecondary Institution License Act. The Commission does not have jurisdiction where institutions enroll SC residents into online courses or programs where the institution does not conduct activities defined as operating or soliciting in South Carolina. Per documentation Response from South Carolina: "No further documentation is needed."States/SouthCarolina.pdf
South DakotaAugusta Technical CollegeApproved10/25/2011Augusta Technical College is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Education Department (COE or COC) and is approved to offer its students federal financial aidAugusta/SDakotaCorrespondence.pdf
TennesseeAugusta Technical CollegePending6/22/2011A distance education provider engages in the activities described in Rule 1540-01-02-.04(1) if it establishes a physical presence. The definition of physical presence as found in Rule 1540-01- 02-.03(1)(ii) provides: “Physical presence” means actual presence within the state of Tennessee for the purpose of conducting activity related to: a postsecondary educational institution; an educational service; dissemination of educational credentials; enrollment; solicitation; or, advertising. Physical presence as further outlined for purposes of authorization shall include but not be limited to: 1. An instructional site within the state; 2. Instruction within or originating from Tennessee designed to impart knowledge with response utilizing teachers, trainers, counselors, etc., or computer resources, or computer linking (e.g. Internet), or any form of electronic telecommunications; 3. Dissemination of an educational credential from a location within the state; 4. An agent, recruiter, institution or business that solicits for enrollment or credits or for the award of an educational credential; 5. Advertising, promotional material or public solicitation in any form that targets Tennessee residents or uses local advertising markets in the state for institutions seeking, holding or required to hold a certificate of authorization. THEC interprets the definition of physical presence to: – include having an instructor lead a distance education course from within the state; – include advertisements that appear on the webpage of a local newspaper; – include facilitating and/or entering into an arrangement with any business, organization, or similar entity located in Tennessee for the purpose of providing an internship, externship, practicum, clinical, student teaching, or similar opportunity; and – not include enrolling a Tennessee student if the recruitment of the student did not involve any of the prohibited activities. If an institution engages in any of the activities listed in the definition of physical presence, it must obtain authorization by filing an Initial Authorization Application with THEC. Otherwise, an institution that does not engage in any of the listed activities does not have to take any action.Augusta/TN Distance Education Authorization Requirements - Final.pdf
TexasAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011Augusta/SREBPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
UtahAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/19/2011We are sorry to inform you that Augusta Technical College is not Authorized/Licensed by the state of Utah to provide educational services. 
VermontAugusta Technical CollegePending7/17/2011TCSG has emailed verifying that the 25 technical colleges of Georgia do not have or intend to have a physical presence in Vermont. TCSG is waiting on response indicating that approval from the state of Vermont is not requiredAugusta/VermontCommunications_1.pdf
VirginiaAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011If an out-of-state institution does not plan to operate a facility in Virginia and/or the mechanism by which instruction is initiated (server) is not located within Virginia, the school does not meet Virginia’s criterion of physical presence.Augusta/Virginia.pdf
WashingtonAugusta Technical CollegeApproved11/10/2011Augusta Technical College does not have a physical presence in the state of Washington so authorization from the Washington State Higher Education Board is not required. Should there be a request for any externship or rotation in this state, we will need to contact for a revised determination.Augusta/WashingtonCommunicationsFinal.pdf
West VirginiaAugusta Technical CollegePending10/27/2011The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is working towards a reciprocal agreement between the 16 member states concerning distance education courses for regionally accreditated institutions (SACS-COC) which are entered into the SREB's e-campus database. Finalization of the agreement should be November 2011Augusta/SREBPhysicalPresenceQuestion.pdf
WisconsinAugusta Technical CollegeApproved6/2/2011"Under s.38.50 (1)(e)2., Wis Stats., '[s]chools that are supported mainly by taxes' are exempt from EAB oversight. Because the exemption is not restricted to public institutions governed by the state of Wisconsin, the EAB has consistently interpreted it to mean any public college or university that is an instrumentality of a state is exempt. Because your institution meets this criterion, it is deemed to be exempt from EAB oversight. Should your institution offer programs in a regulated profession, such as nursing, counseling or teacher training, you are adivsed to contact those respective oversight bodies (e.g., the Department of Regulation and Licensing or the Department of Public Instruction) about requirements specific to those programs."States/Wisconsin.pdf
WyomingAugusta Technical CollegeNot Authorized10/25/201121‑2‑401. License required; registration required for private degree granting post secondary education institutions; department of education to administer and set minimum standards for licensure. An application for registration wtih $100 registration fee. We are sorry to inform you that Augusta Technical College is not Authorized/Licensed by the state of Wyoming to provide educational services.Augusta/WyomingCommunications.pdf
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